Friday, February 01, 2013
Coal doesn't mean jobs
Contrary to industry claims, coal terminals don't create that many jobs. They are highly automated and don't need that many workers. What they do generate is big profits for coal companies and railroads. For me, this is a valid rationale to tax them heavily if they are built. The money would then go into such worthy things as education and infrastructure. In the Northwest, education once benefited from the robust timber industry. Today, we struggle to find the needed funding.